From the magazine LSR 1/2020 | S. 45-51 The following page is 45

The Concept of Plausibility in Patent Law

VESPA Evening Seminar on October 31, 2019 in Zurich

Traditionally, the VESPA (Verband der freiberuflichen und Schweizer Patentanwälte, Association des conseils en brevets suisses et européens de profession libérale)1 invites its members in fall for an evening seminar dealing with a topic of general importance for patent practitioners. After an introduction into history and evolution of plausibility, three brilliant speakers looked at the topic from three different angles and presented the EPOs current practice, the pharmaceutical industries current problems and the future impact in litigation.

I. The Origin of Plausibility – How the Stone got Rolling – Lara Dorigo

While plausibility per se is neither under the European Patent Convention (EPC) nor under national patent law a requirement for patentability, it nowadays appears to be an omnipresent issue during substantive patent examination, in particular in the life science sector.

In order to investigate origin and rise of the concept of plausibility, experienced litigator Lara Dorigo

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